Theres Only One... Birthplace of Loretta Lynn
Butcher Holler is the birth place of country music legend Loretta Lynn, known for her classic song Coal Miner's Daughter. The cabin is also home to her sister Crystal Gale who also became a very popular country music star. This cabin is in a coal mining community located in Johnson County Kentucky. Nestled between two fog-shrouded mountains up a holler two miles southeast of the coal mining camp of Van Lear. Today Webb's Grocery provides tours for just $5 per person.
Butcher Holler is what remains of a once thriving coal mining community in Johnson County Kentucky and was made famous by famous country music star Loretta Lynn. Her hit song Coal Miner's Daughter is a song about her home in Butcher Holler where she grew up dirt poor but well loved by her hardworking parents. Her father was a coal miner of the consolidation coal company in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. Him and his wife Ramey raised eight children in their small cabin in Butcher Holler, including the most famous coal miner's daughter in the world Loretta Lynn. As a child Loretta loved music and sang in church choirs, she had a short lived childhood due to the fact that she was married at age 13 and left Kentucky for Washington State. She was married to Oliver Doolittle who was a talent manager and country music figure. He adored Loretta and thought she was something very special and vowed to her that one day he was gonna make her famous. Oliver was also known to be violent, an alcoholic, and a womanizer. She was a mother of four when she got her first guitar at age 18 in which she used to teach herself how to play and write songs. when Loretta was 25 she released a song named I'm A Honkey Tonk Girl which gained her a lot of attention and lead to her moving to Nashville Tennessee. Shortly after moving to Nashville she signed a contract with Decca Records and released the song Success which is what gave Loretta her first Top-10 country hit in 1962 at age 27. Loretta Lynn contributed much more to the country music industry than just providing good songs. She provided a new image for female artists by writing and performing her own music herself from a strong, feminine perspective. She was inspirational and she became a country music main stay. In 1970 Loretta released what is perhaps her most well known song Coal Miner's Daughter by drawing from her own life experiences living in Butcher Holler in Johnson County Kentucky. The song instantly became a number 1 hit defining her spot as a country music main stay even further. She later teamed up with Conway Twitty for a duet titled After the Fire is Gone which led to her winning her first Grammy Award in 1972. This past year on May 4th 2017, the country music mogul suffered from a stroke in her Nashville home and was hospitalized. She is currently under medical care and is responsive, expecting to make a full recovery to continue performing on her most recent tour.